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This exciting new translation with footnotes is more readable than past versions and will appeal to modern readers.
The Three Kingdoms is an epic Chinese novel written over six centuries ago. It recounts in vivid historical detail the turbulent years at the close of the Han Dynasty, when China broke into three competing kingdoms and over half the population were either killed or driven from their homes. Part myth, part fact, readers will experience the loyalty and treachery, the brotherhood and rivalry of China's legendary heroes and villains during the most tumultuous period in Chinese history.
Considered the greatest work in classic Chinese literature, The Three Kingdoms is read by millions throughout Asia today. Seen not just as a great work of art, many Chinese view it as a guide to success in life and business as well as a work that offers great moral clarity—while many foreigners read it to gain insights into Chinese society and culture. From the saga of The Three Kingdoms, readers will learn how great warriors motivate their troops and enhance their influence, while disguising their weaknesses and turning the strengths of others against them.
This first volume in a trilogy introduces Liu Bei and his sworn brothers-in-arms Zhang Fei and Guan Yu, whose allegiance is sorely tested in a society that is in flux where each group is fighting for its survival against the other.
Ron Iverson first visited China in 1984 as the personal representative of the Mayor of Chicago. Since then, he has founded several joint venture businesses with Chinese partners. Along the way, he discovered The Three Kingdoms, which has helped him to understand many key aspects of Chinese culture.
Yu Sumei is a professor of English at East China Normal University. She has translated many English language books into Chinese and is the first native Chinese speaker to translate The Three Kingdoms into English.